It’s been five years since we last heard new music from Radiohead, that is if you don’t count the unused “Spectre” theme song they recorded and gave away at the end of last year. But today they officially emerged from their slumber. Following a couple of days in which they completely erased their social media accounts and website, this morning a new music video was suddenly released. “Burn the Witch” is the new track, presumably off their next album which could be released at any time under any title. It’s all a wait and see game with those guys, and honestly if we can wait five years we can probably wait a few weeks longer for the full length. In the meantime why not enjoy some new music as part of Pick Your Poison? There’s some quality downloads in this set from Dirty Squall, Matt Bennett, SHapes On Tape, Shards and Wild Patterns. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from A-Trak (ft. Phantogram), FAWNN, Joy Atlas, Laszlo Dancehall, Leena Ojala, Lone, Marissa Nadler, Mitski, The World, Yung and more!
Welcome to May! After a week’s worth of illness, I’m nearly back to tip-top shape, which is always a huge plus. Let’s get right into today’s Pick Your Poison, which features some quality downloads from American Monoxide, Cold Blue Kid, Dylan Hill (ft. Eliza Hull) and ISLAND. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna Rose, Cerise, Djustin, Max Styler (ft. KARRA), Megafauna, Peach Kelli Pop, Slumberjack (ft. Daniel Johns), Topaz Jones, VERITE, Wildcat! Wildcat! and Young Moon.
As I continue to battle a nasty cold, please enjoy another edition of Pick Your Poison. Some quality downloads in this set from Frances Luke Accord, OHIOAN, Playing Savage and Young Mister. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Big Thief, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ellie Herring, Elliott Smith, Kedr Livanskiy, Mountains and Rainbows, NOTHING, Sally Shapiro, Shock Machine, Terry and more!
For the first time in over a year, I’ve gotten sick. It’s only a cold, but it’s still frustrating to have to put your life on hold to take care of yourself. It’s another day filled with extra vitamins, hot soup and an early bedtime for me. Still, I’m trying my best to keep up with the site this week. Please enjoy today’s Pick Your Poison, which features some great downloads from Boo Seeka, Land of Leland, The Minders, Mumblr and They Called Him Zone. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, Brigid Mae Power, Conner Youngblood, Dawn Richard, Erin Tobey, Hooded Fang, Odonis Odonis, Roosevelt, Yumi Zouma and more.
When life hands you lemons, you make Lemonade. This past weekend, Beyonce dropped a proverbial “bomb” on an unsuspecting public, releasing a new album Lemonade via an HBO special. Much like her last one, this too is a “visual album,” in that there are videos for every single song. So while you can buy just the audio version, there’s also the video option too. No matter your preference, just make sure to give it a try. You can watch on Tidal or download on iTunes at your discretion. Of course you should also give the tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison a try. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Don Tigra, Frail, Jo Passed and Wild Rivers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baby In vain, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Hanni El Khatib, The Hotelier, Miracle Sweepstakes, Mocky (ft. Jamie Lidell), Nite Jewel, Sonny & The Sunsets and more.
Today was a sad day. We’ve lost another icon. Prince was a true original. His music, fashion and way of life inspired millions of people around the globe. Somehow he was able to take a variety of different genres of music and turn them into something wholly distinctive and fun. Hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “PUrple Rain” have changed the musical landscape over the years, and will continue to do so for decades to come. Here’s what’s even crazier – there’s a massive vault filled with unreleased Prince songs and music videos that he collected over the years. There’s no official word on how much unreleased material he left behind, but it’s probably safe to assume it’s at least enough for 3-4 posthumous albums. That’s just the kind of guy Prince was, continuing to make things on his own terms then choosing to keep it hidden until the right time. Sadly, Prince probably thought there’d be plenty of time to make more. He was only 57, and was thought to be in good health up until last week, when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency. His representatives claimed it was due to a bad case of the flu, but there may have been deeper problems we won’t find out about until an official report from the medical examiner.
To attend a Prince show was to attend a gigantic party, or so I was told. One of my greatest regrets is not buying tickets to see Prince perform the last couple of times he came through Chicago. When he played the United Center in September 2012, he was supporting a not-so-great album and the setlists for the tour seemed to largely avoid most of his best material. It didn’t excite me, plus I think I was unemployed at the time and didn’t have the money to spend on an expensive ticket. Just under a year later in June 2013, I received an email stating very plainly that Prince would be performing at the tiny City Winery Chicago that very night, and tickets were on sale. According to reports, someone from Prince’s camp called the venue that morning and said, “Prince would like to perform at your club tonight. Make it happen.” That’s all it took. Sadly, I didn’t check my inbox until 2 hours after the email announcement was sent, and the show was sold out. I then showed up to City Winery on the off chance an extra ticket became available. No dice. Came to find out later that the show didn’t even kick off until about 3AM, and Prince performed for about 2.5 hours. He literally partied until the sun came up. And why not? Somehow his energy, his passion and his desire to live on his own terms contributed to legendary stories and legendary performances. As an added treat, make sure to watch director Kevin Smith’s 30-minute story about the time he helped Prince make a documentary that still hasn’t been released. It’s a very funny tale that speaks to who Prince was and how he operated. So Prince and Bowie. Two of our greatest music legends lost so far in 2016. And we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Please make it stop, my heart hurts too much.
Okay, let’s get to the final edition of Pick Your Poison for the week. There are some great tracks in this set from 2/3 Goat, Boudoir Noir, Japancakes and Wired Minds. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aloha, Andy Stott, Cerise, Lil Silva (ft. Cosima), Trevor Sensor, Twin River, VHS, Woods and more.
Happy 4/20 to you and yours, whether you “celebrate” or not. Allow today’s edition of Pick Your Poison to help propel you through the rest of this week. There’s some quality downloads in this set from Harrison (ft. Ryan Hemsworth), Soonbe, Tibet and Vulture Whale. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baby Alpaca (ft. Theresa Wayman of Warpaint), Casper Skulls, Deerhoof, DJ Shadow (ft. Run the Jewels), iLoveMakonnen, Islands, Joker, Maria Usbeck, Omni, Twin Peaks and Xeno & Oaklander.
The Tuesday edition of Pick Your Poison has yet another collection of strong tracks for your listening enjoyment. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Bad Breeding, Sebastian Janoski, Stevie B Wolf and Tennis Bafra. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Andy Stott, Astronautalis, Beth Orton, Big Black Delta (ft. Kimbra), Cruel Youth, Evans the Death, Kllo, Lisa Prank, Oy, Peach Kelli Pop and Still Parade.
Hope your weekend was great. Mine was solid, thanks in no small part to the impressive weather that kept things sunny and in the upper 70s every single day. There’s going to be a small course correction in the coming days, where rain and 50 degree temperatures will return, but the respite was nice and a great reminder of what lies ahead this summer. In the here and now, there’s an all new edition of Pick Your Poison for your enjoyment. Don’t miss downloads in this set from herMajesty, Jason Maek & Zaena, Jessica Audiffred and Stormy Strong. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from BRONCHO, Charlotte Day Wilson, Delorean, Fear of Men, J Dilla (ft. Nas), Juliette Lewis, Oscar, Pity Sex, Stephen Steinbrink, Supermoon, Throws and more!
A fresh edition of Pick Your Poison is all set for your browsing. Listener discretion is advised. Don’t miss quality downloads in this set from Acapulco Lips, Land of Leland, Man at War and Snakes. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna Wise, Bonzai, BOYBOY, Carlson (ft. Autre Ne Veut), Diarrhea Planet, Ice Cream, Mossy, Weaves, Young Magic, The Young Wild and Yung.
Oof. I don’t know about you, but it was a rough weekend for me. As you get older, the realization slowly dawns on you that perhaps your body can’t quite handle heavy partying quite like it used to. Suddenly you’ve got body aches and a hangover for two days, and those consequences just aren’t very fun. But we press on, and try to learn from the mistakes. It’s kind of like the foundations behind Pick Your Poison, in the sense that there’s lots of music for your ears to digest, and not all of it might not be to your liking, but over time you get better at filtering out the junk. Allow me to recommend downloads in this set from August and After, Erik Nilsson, Mara Simpson and Mosaics. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aloha, Britta Phillips, Caveman, Exploded View, Fujiya & Miyagi, Institute (covering The Doors), Jessy Lanza, Julianna Barwick (ft. Mas Ysa), River Tiber, The Loom and This Will Destroy You.
Your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison has plenty to offer in terms of quality. As always, I encourage you to explore and try every track to your heart’s content, but if you’re looking for a recommendation or two I’m more than happy to oblige. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Hard Left, PJ Norman, Sports Boyfriend and Wes Thebarton Brothel Party. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ashley Shadow, Dan Lissvik, Joon Moon (covering Radiohead), Mutual Benefit, Nite Jewel, Peach Kelli Pop, Puro Instinct, sir Was, Yumi Zouma and more!
Baseball season has officially begun! Chicago teams are looking better than usual this year, which is good news. At the very least, it’ll make watching sports this summer a little less painful. Of course this is all just speculation and for all I know both the Cubs and White Sox will fall apart despite all of the estimates suggesting they won’t. Time will tell. In the more immediate future, here’s a brand new edition of Pick Your Poison for your ears. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The Bandicoots, Boxxer, Galkin, They Called Him Zone and YOURS. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Andy Clockwise, Digitalism, Jack White, J Dilla (ft. Snoop Dogg & Kokane), Julien Baker (covering Elliott Smith), Kali Uchis (ft. Steve Lacy & Vince Staples), Michael Zaxxon, Oddisee, Seratones, VERITE and more!
We’ve made it to April, and if you’re in Chicago so far it has snowed on two of the four days. It snowed on Saturday. It was sunny and 65 on Sunday. Today it was 35 with flurries. Is this the price we pay for barely getting any snow all winter? I don’t know about you, but I’m itching for spring weather to arrive. While I try to warm up, please enjoy this fresh edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s some quality downloads in this set from Bishop Nehru, Colour Bomb, Gorgeous Bully and Vincent Colbert. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Boys Noize (ft. Polica), Cavalry, Colleen Green, Editors, Hockey Dad, Moonface and Siinai, Oh Pep!, Pumarosa, The Rapture and Sam Amidon & San Fermin.
Your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison has plenty to love, including some quality downloads from Ladada, LLLL, Odonis Odonis and Pollen. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Antwon, Azealia Banks, Decorations, Godi, Holy Fuck, Megafauna, Told Slant, Walker Lukens, Wire and more!